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Best French Onion Soup

I love the French onion soup at Mon Ami Gabi. With a side of frites.

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Mon Ami Gabi
2300 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614

Jun 07, 2011
Hissyfit in Chicago Area

Recs for Group Dinner in DuPont or Georgetown area

Thanks for all the great recommendations everyone! It looks like we have some very good choices!

Recs for Group Dinner in DuPont or Georgetown area

Hello! I'm in charge of organizing a dinner for a work group for people from out of town (including me) and I don't know where to start. Does anyone have any recommendations for a group dinner (about 20 people) in the Georgetown or DuPont area? Nothing too fancy/pricy, but nice. Thanks!

Mom & Daughter Spring Break - need casual but delicious and off the beaten path recos

I'll admit, I was surprised to see kids there too, but there were at least 2 families there with kids under the age of 10 on a recent Tuesday night and everyone seemed very content. Admittedly the little folks were kept busy playing on iphones, but I've been around adults who were less well-behaved. And it is loud, but earlier in the evening, it's not as bad. Mostly I suggested it as a unique, out of the ordinary place. I've had good food experiences there. That's the wonderful thing about Chicago, there are SO MANY great places, you can't really go wrong if you do a little research.

Mar 20, 2011
Hissyfit in Chicago Area

French Market

LOL indeed, I stand corrected on the "visit French market" comment! And I do agree that it's convenient and has some excellent vendors.

Hey, it's been a really long time since I was last in France - my memory of the markets is quite dim, they probably aren't super comfy for lingering with your lunch either! :-)

Mar 20, 2011
Hissyfit in Chicago Area

French Market

I love Pastoral, Saigon Sisters and the crepe place. The biggest problem is the space itself is so ugly and borderline depressing. There's nothing that makes me want to stay and there's a feeling of desperation around the stands that don't have a big business. The layout is more random than market-like. Did the designers ever visit an actual French market? There's enough good to make it worth visiting, but they need to work on the atmosphere.

Mar 20, 2011
Hissyfit in Chicago Area

Mom & Daughter Spring Break - need casual but delicious and off the beaten path recos

You should definitely spend some time in Chinatown. It's easy to get to (Red Line El, about 10 min from the Loop). There a lots of interesting shops, so that's fun, but also great food! The bakeries provide an opportunity to try a variety of snack-sized things on the cheap (so not a big loss if you don't like them). There are also any number of good restaurants. If you're really feeling adventurous, dim sum on the weekends is a lot of fun. I like Phoenix, but a search of the boards will tell you everyone has a favorite. Be prepared for a long wait for a table though, especially as you get closer to lunch time.

I'd also recommend Avec on Randolph in the West Loop. They don't take reservations and it's very small, but I'm guessing with kids you'll be eating earlier. If you get there by 5:30 or 6 you shouldn't have a long wait, if at all. Lots of small plates, very friendly staff. Normally I don't think of it as a place for kids, but I was there last week and saw a surprising number of families, all seemed to be having a good time. The food is wonderful! It's not super cheap but not overly expensive either especially if you're sharing.

Wherever you end up I hope you have a great time!

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Avec Restaurant
615 W Randolph St Ste A, Chicago, IL 60661

Mar 20, 2011
Hissyfit in Chicago Area

Vegas Report: Todd English's P.U.B.

We just ate there last weekend and loved it. We had the corn dog appetizer (nostalgia for the corn dogs at the county fair got to me. They were fine.) B'friend had the fish & chips, which he said was "outstanding". I had the BLT sliders, they were a little light on the bacon and mayo for me. Also, I LOVED the ketchup, we actually bought a bottle to bring home! I kept eating the skinny fries just so I could eat the ketchup. So maybe it's a personal taste kind of thing? It's definitely not traditional ketchup, it seems to be more sweet/garlicky/chunky. We didn't get to try the popcorn - our server said she was bringing it, but didn't. But we had so much food, it really didn't matter. And I was wishing we had time to go back for those Dirty Chips. Overall, a good choice if you want a casual, reasonably priced meal on the Strip.

Dec 15, 2010
Hissyfit in Las Vegas

Assorted questions about moving to Chicago (from NYC)

Podhalanka is very good. It's straight out of a Polish grandma's kitchen, nothing fancy, just solid, delicious Polish food. And cheap. But service can be slow if they're busy, so be sure you're up for a wait. And it's BYOB, which I consider a plus.

You don't say if you'll have a car or not - it doesn't really matter. I have one now, but I did just fine without for years. There are hourly car rental places like iGo and Zip Car all over, which makes grocery shopping much easier. For meat, I highly recommend Paulina Meat Market. And for groceries, Jewel and Dominick's are fine, but my favorite is Whole Foods in Lincoln Park (on Kingsbury). In the summer there are Farmer's Markets all over town several days a week.

I've lived here 22+ years, and I love it! I hope you'll be happy here too!

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Podhalanka
1549 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642

May 18, 2010
Hissyfit in Chicago Area

Sunset Strip Restaurant Recs Needed

Thanks for all the recs! Now it's going to be hard to narrow it down - maybe we should just start early and try a little at each!

Apr 21, 2010
Hissyfit in Los Angeles Area

Sunset Strip Restaurant Recs Needed

Visiting LA from the Windy City in a couple of weeks. We're going to visit the House of Blues on Sunset for the Kevin Smith show and looking for ideas of places to eat in that area. Open to any kind of food, any price range. Thanks!

Apr 20, 2010
Hissyfit in Los Angeles Area